Randy Michaels Explains What Will Happen With WKQX/WLUP

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Merlin Media CEO Randy Michaels has given details for what will happen should the US Bankruptcy Court allow Cumulus Media to walk away from its lease and purchase of Classic Rock “97.9 The Loop” WLUP and Alternative 101.1 WKQX Chicago.

Michaels says that in the short-term he would continue to operate the stations as they are, stating “We are fully prepared to step in and operate the stations essentially as is. There are no changes being planned right now, other than behind the scenes.” There is an agreement in place to allow Merlin to operate the stations from Cumulus new Chicago studios at the NBC Tower. He would also bring on the current airstaff from the two stations.

He also says that Cumulus “not made a reasonable counterproposal” towards restructuring their deal, but does not rule out the possibility of a deal being reached.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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  1. How is this tool able to make a deal for anything? As if Cumulus wasn’t bad enough.


    • These are the last of the Merlin Media stations.

      You may recall Merlin bought the Loop and Q101 then flipped 101 to FM News 101 which mirrored co-owned WRXP (101.9) New York.


  2. I just want to know if the Merlin Marlin will make an appearance before this is all over.

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